DH Systems attended the UK Recyclers Road Trip in USA for the ARA Annual Conference in Baltimore, the road trip took place from 24th – 31st October. It was a great chance to see how US recyclers operate and learn more about their dismantling, parts, distribution and storage. The trip gave us a fantastic opportunity to network and meet US recyclers and also some UK auto recyclers. At the ARA Convention, there was the chance to hear from great speakers and trainers and opportunities to learn of new products and services. There were lots of educational sessions and the ability to visit with hundreds of automotive recycling companies.
What did we get up to?
On the first day we arrived in Boston and got ourselves settled in before an early rise Monday morning where we visited Roberston’s yard in Wareham MA, we got a great trip around the yard and the dealership including some welcoming beer!
On day 3 we drove to Middletown CT to visit Bishops which is set in a stunning New England scenery and to top it off they also had cakes and snacks for us. After Bishops we headed to Tom’s Foreign Auto Parts right in the middle of town, which is nice and compact and makes good use of space – they had some pizza and grinders for us arriving. We then drove to King of Prussia which is the worlds largest shopping centre, past New York City and down the New Jersey Turnpike.
On day 4 we visited Chuck’s Auto Salvage where we were welcomed with a sign outside, we had a good look around the yard and offices. They are a friendly bunch and we had the chance to sample some local food. We then started the drive to Baltimore to register for the ARA.
On Thursday we attended several seminars at the ARA on marketing and the future of the industry. We also visited the show floor and had the opportunity to meet and network with people on the stands. On the Friday we went to a few more seminars and attended the trade show where we got to do further networking. We had a lovely evening meal and awards ceremony where Jason Cross at FAB Recycling won ARA member of the year and Allen Prebble won the ARA Presidents award – congratulations!
On the last day of ARA convention, we attended some great morning seminars then participated in the ARA power play meet and greet in Market St Baltimore where there was plenty of free beer and food! On Sunday we had a lazy morning brunch at Hard Rock Café then a fantastic trip around Baltimore’s National Aquarium before heading to the airport to fly back to Edinburgh and arrived back to the office at 11am Monday.
Who came with us to ARA?
With us on our road trip was our Managing Director Dave Harcourt, our General Manager and Head of Web Development Steve Robbins and our Head of Special Projects Hugh Leslie.